I remember the first time someone asked me “How’s the reentry going?” I thought I might burst with happiness. Here was someone who understood what I was only just beginning to understand – that sometimes “coming home” was difficult and confusing and not all pleasant. And when everyone at “home” expects it to be […]
Part two on re-entry! Did you know it supposedly takes as long as you lived in the foreign culture to readjust back to your home culture? And even then, you are permanently changed. There is no simple “There and Back Again”.
Hannah and Colleen continue their conversation on how to adjust well and also […]
Re-entry is the evil cousin of culture shock and because it isn’t talked about as much, often catches people by surprise. In this episode, Hannah and Colleen share about their own experiences in “coming home” to the United States and the struggles of re-entry.
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So now that you know all about what culture shock is (see part 1!), it’s time to learn how we responded to it and what are ways to cope and come through with your perspective altered but intact.
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Culture shock is a bit of misnomer, but we’re jumping in and using it to help everyone understand what they or their friends go through when living in a foreign culture for an extended period of time. Obviously not everyone has exactly the same reactions, but these are things we’ve experienced and are reported […]
IHOP Broke My Spirit
There’s this thing called reverse culture shock, and man is it a real kick in the head when it hits you. I’m American, born and raised, and had my fair share of intercultural experience. I even have a degree in intercultural studies. Of all people in the world I should be […]